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Month: July 2012

Discussion Between James White and Brian McLaren

This episode of the radio program in the UK called Unbelievable with Justin Brierley is a discussion between James White and Brian McLaren on the Emerging Church and postmodernism. It aired in 2011 and I just now got around to listening to it. Good stuff. They both outline their positions very clearly and respectfully. Worth the listen:

http://media.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/7684e862-dcf2-4bd2-a1f3-aceb16f2f17c.mp3 (MP3)

Sometimes Movies Merely Serve to Illustrate Reality

On Bourne Legacy: “Gilroy then began work on a treatment for the project even as he outlined a blueprint for where the story might go after The Bourne Legacy… He looked most particularly at the secretive U.S. government agency known as DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) that is hard at work trying to figure out how to make better soldiers. DARPA and its intelligence counterpart, IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), fund many research programs with the objective of enhancing the cognitive and physical performance of American soldiers and spies. Gilroy notes: ‘There’s no drug testing in war. There’s a very real appetite to have soldiers with increased energy, higher pain thresholds and less need for sleep. The warrior who heals, learns and processes information faster is the dream of every commanding officer. We’re in a place now where the science has begun to make real that dream in a very unpredictable and terrifying way.'” http://www.thebournelegacy.net/media/Production_notes.pdf … Just go read some of the declassified CIA docs on what they were doing in the 50’s and 60’s alone as a blueprint for what they’re working on now, with science that is waaaay more advanced than 50 years ago. Sometimes movies merely serve to illustrate reality, using a fictional story line.

What’s Obvious to One Group May Not Be So Obvious to Another – Humbly Explain Yourself

“To some extent, cohesive social forces are at work in any culture or subculture with shared worldview and shared doctrines. In itself this counts neither for nor against the truth of the worldview or the doctrines. But it does mean that things that seem ‘obvious’ or ‘plain’ or ‘commonsensical’ to members of a social group need not be at all obvious to those outside.” – Vern Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists.

As a side note, this book was explained to me by a DTS graduate as a book in which they learned more about dispensationalism than their whole student career in attendance at DTS, ironically enough.

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